Android Security Flaw: Motorola Announces Plans To Fix Stagefright Bug
Following Google’s announcement earlier this week that it will release security patches to combat the bug Stagefright, Motorola declared its own fixes in response to the threatening security flaw.
“We are… working with Google and our carrier partners to simplify the process of deploying critical security updates in the future,” Motorola said.
Stagefright: How It Affects Smartphones
According to Android Headlines, the Stagefright security flaw allows a hacker to gain control of one’s mobile device and access to personal data including contacts, pictures and messages – all this can be accomplished by one video multimedia message. Through a malware in the MMS which, depending on one’s smartphone settings, can be opened and downloaded without being opened, the bug can enter the phone.
TechnoBuffalo reports that almost 95 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to Stagefright.
Motorola is working on security patches that have been specifically designed to tackle Stagefright to be included in their latest line of smartphones. Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G (3rd generation) will come with a built-in patch.
For some regions, Moto G (3rd generation) will have the patch released at a later date.
Additionally, the telecommunications company has also confirmed that it is testing the following devices – the results of which are pending – for the patch:
Moto X Style
Moto X Play
Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
Moto X Pro, Moto Maxx/Turbo, Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
Moto E (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
Moto E with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
How To Avoid Stagefright
To avoid Stagefright, users are advised to not download or open multimedia messages from unknown or unreliable senders. One can also disable multimedia messaging capabilities by unchecking “Auto-retrieve MMS” in their smartphone settings.
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